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Selectmen okay $3,400 project to stem erosion of Gilford town beach

GILFORD — Selectmen approved spending $3,400 last week for part of the Gilford Beach restoration project that will be spent on building a barrier to help prevent further beach erosion. Much of the beach is now down to hard-pack.

Parks and Recreation Director Herb Greene said the support will be on the left side of the beach as one faces the water.

The barrier is part of a project approved by selectmen in February to address the erosion issue. Greene said once completed it should cost about total about $11,315.

While the initial estimate was around $7,600, Greene said yesterday the previous estimate was before they decided to build the support, which will help prevent further damage.

Greene said Certified Erosion Control will install the support with the assistance of Belknap Landscaping Company, which handled all the state permitting, including a dredge-and-fill permit from the N.H. Department of Environmental Service. He said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed with the project.

Greene said yesterday that the goal is to finish the support before winter. Next spring, he said, the town will spread about 13,500-square-feet of new beach sand.

When the project was discussed in February by selectmen, Greene explained that there hadn't been any significant erosion control work done to the beach in at least seven years — the amount of time Greene had been the Parks and Recreation director.

He said that since 2005 there have been three "100-year" storms, including one in October of 2005 that dumped 20 inches of rain in parts of New Hampshire.

He said Gilford Beach also sees a great deal of wind erosion from Lake Winnipesaukee. The wind blows the sand into the trees, where it is mostly unrecoverable.

In March, voters supported adding $15,000 to the Recreation Facilities Capital Reserve Fund. Some of the money was spent resurfacing tennis courts.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2013 02:51

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Police say smashed windshield that was never fixed eventually led to arrest of alleged Gilmanton burglars

GILMANTON — One of the men charged with burglarizing a home in Gilmanton and removing all of the copper piping is also facing a charge of having unauthorized control of a handgun in Laconia.

According to court records, Christopher Poire, 25, who is formerly of Charles Street in Laconia, allegedly had the stolen weapon on May 2. He failed to appear in Belknap County Superior Court on September 11 and is scheduled to appear in that court tomorrow.

Poire is one of two men who is facing three counts of burglary for unlawfully entering a home at 1231 Province Road or Route 107 on three days in late August.

Also charged is Greg McGonigle, of Catamount Road in Pittsfield. McGonigle is also charged with one felony count of criminal mischief.

According to affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, the two were apprehended by Gilmanton Police on Tuesday night after a investigation that was triggered when, on August 31, one of the theft victim's neighbors tried to stop a car he believed was making a suspicious number of visits to the unoccupied home. The neighbor smashed the car's windshield with a baseball bat as it passed.

A week later, a Belmont Police officer noticed a car with a broken windshield on Union Avenue in Laconia and followed it to Academy Street, where it parked in front of a law office.

The driver of the car said he didn't know anything about the burglaries and that Poire had let him use the car. The driver allegedly told the officer he had been told the car had been used in a "robbery" in Gilmanton.

The car was registered to McGonigle's ex-wife and she told police that she never used it. She agreed to speak to police in the Pittsfield Police Department. She also showed police some text messages from McGonigle that said he was driving the car when the victim's neighbor broke the windshield with a bat.

Both McGonigle's agreed to a search of the car and police alleged they found five guitars and some antique items consistent with those reported stolen from the victim.

Police also traced some of the stolen items to various pawn shops in the Concord area and a scrap dealer identified McGonigle's red truck that was allegedly used to remove the stolen copper.
Fourth Circuit Court Judge Jim Carroll ordered both men held on $10,000 personal recognizance bail and $1,000 cash-only.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2013 02:46

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M'borough pastry chef's cheesecake recipe could be 'Next Top Product'

MOULTONBOROUGH — Jennifer Clifford, a pastry chef with Magic Foods Restaurant Group, is among six cooks in the northeast region vying for a place in the finals of the "Next Top Product" competition staged by U.S. Food Service, the second largest distributor of foodstuffs to the restaurant industry in the country.

When judges chose Clifford's recipe for Silky Mascarpone Cheesecake with Chocolate Hazelnut Topping and Candied Hazelnuts from among 70 entries in the Boston region, she advanced to the next round against competitors from all six New England states, as well as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.

"It's a big deal," Clifford said. "It's going to put us on the map."

The winner of the eight regional competitions, all selected by a popular vote conducted online, will travel to Las Vegas where another panel of judges will pick the national winner. Clifford urged all those who have enjoyed her deserts at the O Steak & Seafood in Laconia and Concord and the Canoe Restaurant & Tavern in Center Harbor to cast a vote for her cheesecake on either the website (USFOODS.COM/NTP) or Facebook page of U.S. Food Service.

During her sophomore year at Moultonborough Academy, where she described herself as an enthusiastic athlete, Clifford spent a day shadowing the woman she calls "the master," Donna Love, who with husband Mike owned and operated Love's Quay Restaurant in Wolfeboro. "After one day she offered me a job," said Clifford. "As soon as I got my driver's license I started work." Clifford spent a decade with the Loves, including her last two years of high school, and in 2010 joined Magic Foods.

Clifford said that she developed the mascarpone cheesecake seeking to add a new twist to the traditional Italian cheesecake. It consists of a sugar cookie crust with mascarpone filling and chocolate hazelnut topping. She has her sights set on the finals in Las Vegas, where the winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and their product will be distributed throughout the country. In addition, her employer will be awarded $15,000 to invest in improvements to its restaurants.


Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2013 05:15

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1 bid to install sheriff's new $300k communcation system

LACONIA — Belknap County Commissioners yesterday approved the expansion of a previously approved grant for the Belknap County Sheriff 's Department which will allow it obtain a new digital radio valued at $3,500. It will replace a 20-year-old portable unit still in use.
Sheriff Craig Wiggin told commissioners that the new Motorola radio meets interoperability standards and is made possible by the distribution of nearly $500,000 in 2010 grants through the state Department of Safety.
''It is possible that there may be more funds available next year,'' Wiggin told commissioners.
Commissioners also opened the only bid received for the installation of a microwave regional communications system.
The project will be funded with a $297,110 Department of Homeland Security grant which will the department received earlier this year.
The bid from 2Way Communications on Lily Pond Road in Gilford totaled $297,107 according to calculations made by County Commissioner Ed Philpot (D-Laconia). Ossipee Mountain Electronics of Moultonborough submitted a letter to commissioners indicating it would not bid on the project.
Wiggin recently told commissioners that a waiver of the county's requirement for at least three bidders would most likely be needed as few firms have the capability of installing the system, which he has described as being ideal for the county as it has simulcast capability, can use the existing tower on Mt. Belknap and is capable of being used by the Lakes Region Mutual Aid system in the event of an emergency in which their system went down.
He said that the grant will allow a long-sought communications upgrade, which had been proceeding on a piecemeal basis to this point, to be achieved in one big step. The new system is state of-the-art and will provide 95 to 97 percent coverage of the entire county, which Wiggin has said will have a huge public safety benefit.
Commissioners were updated by County Administrator Debra Shackett on progress on preparing next year's operating budget. She said that all initial requests from department heads will be received by Friday and that the departments would work together to prepare recommendations for commissioners, which would enable them to be mutually supportive and understand the priorities of other departments.
Shackett and the commissioners also discussed a proposed review of the effectiveness of social service agencies which receive county funds to see which of them would should be funded and at what level.
She said that she had attended a Granite United Way meeting the previous day which the "collective impact" process was discussed and said there was a sense that when it came to funding ''everyone is competing instead of cooperating.''
She said the UNH Cooperative Extension Service is in the process of redefining itself and has offered to work with the county on ways to determine the effectiveness of social service agencies.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2013 02:35

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